Vauxhall has released the first pictures of the all-new Insignia, known as the Insignia Grand Sport, which will receive its world premiere at the Geneva motor show next March.
Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, and sold over 30,000 in the UK last year, the Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new vehicle architecture.
Inspired by the Monza Concept, the designers claim its revised proportions have resulted in improved aerodynamics with a Cd figure of 0.26, as well as granting more space on the inside.
Vauxhall engineers say efficiency was also a key factor while developing the new car. Neater packaging and the use of lightweight materials have helped cut the weight by up to 175 kg, which has also benefited the all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and the new eight-speed automatic transmission.
New tech features, meanwhile, include Vauxhall’s next generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, lane keep assist, head-up display, front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windshield.
It is also the first Vauxhall with an active aluminium bonnet, improving pedestrian protection.
“In its proportions as well as in each detail, we wanted the new Insignia Grand Sport to deliver an upscale quality feel,” said Vauxhall design boss, Mark Adams.